I would recommend other departments at least consider apprentices and how they might help their departments.
Apprenticeships offer a variety of benefits for your department, including:
Effective pathways for strategic workforce planning and recruitment
Training to meet the needs of your department
The promise of vitality, fresh perspective and new ideas
Development of mentoring skills in existing staff
Support to the community by creating opportunities for local young people
The National Apprenticeship Service also offers information on the benefits of hiring an apprentice here
I think the benefits of hiring a HR apprentice are that the person who joins the department will be able to gain really valuable practical experience in an office environment in a subject that they have opted themselves
Hiring an apprentice within your University department will give you the opportunity to create opportunities for upward development and retention opportunities for skilled team members.